The West Midnapore police Thursday submitted a chargesheet against 21 persons in connection with the killing of a college student at Sabang.
The chargesheet against 19 Congress students’ wing Chhatra Parishad members and two Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad members was submitted to the chief judicial magistrate’s court late in the evening.
Krishna Prasad Jana, a third year student, was allegedly beaten to death inside Sajanikanta Mahavidyalaya over his “refusal” to attend a relief distribution programme where state minister Soumen Kumar Mahapatra was supposed to be felicitated.
Eighteen Chhatra Parishad members named in the chargesheet have already been booked under non-bailable sections, including Section 302 (murder) of IPC. The lone CP member charged under bailable section gave a deposition before the magistrate under Section 164 Wednesday.
The two TMC members have been booked under bailable sections.
Former state Congress president and Sabang MLA Manas Bhuniya, who is leading a hunger strike in Kolkata demanding a CBI probe into the murder, said he was not surprised by the chargesheet.
“West Midnapore SP Bharati Ghosh has acted like a faithful daughter of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. It was expected from Ghosh who is fiercely biased and is hell bent to prove the CM’s theory that Jana’s death was due to a factional clash within CP,” Bhuniya said.
Meanwhile, as the hunger strike entered the second day, voices of protest from within the party rose over the absence of PCC chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.
“It is a PCC programme and all the leaders were invited. Everyone took out time to reach here but the party president has remained busy in New Delhi. It sends out a negative message to the people in general,” said a senior Congress leader.
He claimed that both Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi were displeased with Adhir and had “told him off in a recent meeting”.
Chowdhury, however, said that he was in Delhi for treatment. “I have come here for some medical attention but I had ensured that all arrangements have been made for the programme. I have already told the leaders that I will go there on September 19,” the state Congress president said.
Asked about his meeting with Sonia, he said, “There was no meeting as such. There was one meeting with party central observer C P Joshi recently and all the senior leaders from Bengal were present”.